Tips on Making Groceries Last 

Perishable foods are the main focus herevegetables, fruits, meats/fish/poultry, and dairy products.  (Shelf stable items like beans, GF grains, and nuts have much longer – but not indefinite – shelf lives.) 

Both quality and safety are considerations when determining how long foods can be kept. We’re all trying to stretch things out, but keep in mind there is a limit on how long perishable foods will stay safe in the refrigerator, so either consume or freeze if not using within that time frame. 

Here’s a comprehensive website* where you can find out how long things last in the refrigerator, freezer, or pantry. Fourteen categories cover everything from baby food to seafood to deli and prepared foods. https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/foodkeeper-app 

*Run by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services of the federal government 

 

Making the most of things before freezing 

 

Freezing  

General tips: Separate items into portion sizes you’ll want to thaw. Wrap well.  Label & date. Liquids: leave space for expansion.